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Pathways is the partnership of higher education providers in Leicester City, Leicestershire and Rutland as part of the Office for Students Uni Connect programme.

The Uni Connect programme is focused on local areas where higher education participation is lower than expected, given the GCSE results of the young people who live there.

The programme started in January 2017 and aims to support the government’s goals to:

  • Reduce the gap in higher education participation between the most and least represented groups.
  • Support young people to make well-informed decisions about their future education
  • Address the under-representation of young men in higher education

You can find out more about Uni Connect here – Office for Students (OfS) Uni Connect Information

You can find out more about the Uni Connect programme

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Working in partnership under the name Pathways, the Universities and Further Education colleges work with schools and colleges to offer a number of activities and interventions in their local areas. Pupils who take part in our events can experience life at university, develop new skills, explore future careers and more.

Working in partnership under the name Pathways, the Universities and Further Education colleges work with schools and colleges to offer a number of activities and interventions in their local areas. Pupils who take part in our events can experience life at university, develop new skills, explore future careers and more. We are passionate about ensuring young people from backgrounds underrepresented in Higher Education can progress into HE.

Activities are externally funded and participant eligibility is determined by the Office for Students (OfS).

Our activities are open to all pupils in the year group individual activities are aimed at, but, if an event is oversubscribed, priority is given to those who fulfil one or more of the following:

  • Live in an area identified as a Pathways or UniConnect ward (determined by home postcode) (You can check individual postcodes by using the Office for Students’ POLAR and Gaps postcode look-up, or by contacting us.)
  • Be the first in their family to consider attending university
  • Be in receipt of free school meals
  • Be in or have spent time in local authority care
  • Are a young carer
  • Have a disability including specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or ADHD

Get in touch with Pathways

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If you live or work in Leicester City, Leicestershire or Rutland, or would like to find out more about an activity taking place in these locations, use the contact details below.

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